Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas in the kitchen and dining room....and new chairs

Let's just go with better late than never on these Christmas home tour posts. 
It's not that my home hasn't been decorated for quite some time now, and that I've been picking away at changing things and already making plans for new projects once Christmas is over but, the days I have had home have been few and far between and those have been super dark. The snow has arrived though so the brightness has returned and my plants can breathe a sigh of relief away from their grow lights.

From a photography perspective with other bloggers you know what a drag those dark days can be when it comes to getting the best pictures. I just invested in a double set of continuous light boxes for shoots with the store and broke them out to do some work with these photos and after a bit of trial and error I can see what the fuss is about. Adding light to the space without the harsh highlights from over exposure.

Beyond camera jargon, today I am sharing our dining room and kitchen decked out for the holidays. We have taken away the long church pew that has lived in this space for quite a few years and replaced it with a couple of aged brass chairs from Crate & Barrel. The mismatched chair look is not for everyone but we are quite enjoying it and it was amazing when we first brought them home how big the room felt once we put them in place.  

the dining room table is sporting a table runner i bought a few years ago at pottery barn with winter birds and a mix of vintage and new bits for candles and ornaments

every year i think i am going to do something different on the doors at the end of the room but then i pull those ornament wreaths out and love them all over again and up they go. i suppose now that the trend of ornament wreaths kind of moved on they are a bit original again so i like that.

the favourite in store plant of the season. the winterberry. we have sold over a 100 in a few weeks and this one is hanging out in a gorgeous deep green seeded glass vase. the dark colour stands out against the white reindeer.

our new chairs mixed in with our antique white bankers chairs and ikea wicker. as far as metal chairs go i was shocked when i first sat in them how formed and comfortable the seats were. they are not lush upholstered seats but as far as metal chairs go they certainly fit the bill. they will also weather well with an exuberant toddler sure to be shoving them around the room.

these are the chairs called delta brass from Crate & Barrel. they came in many finishes and we went with the brass well because, they were ma fav-or-it!

the xerographica air plants that usually sit around the rooms needed somewhere to go during the holiday season so i incorporated them into my greenery and it gives them a bit of an eclectic feel.

the kitchen only sees a bit of festive decor as it just isn't that big of a space and counter space is at a premium for my cooking and cooking paraphernalia. i always add a garland to our kitchen window that just brings out the colours of the season.

our combo islands are working spaces. the cutting board never leaves the barrel as this is the space that i use to prepare dinner. our everyday spoons etc live on the small island to keep them at easy access and always at the ready.

Thanks for stopping by the food and entertaining areas of our home.
I'll be back with the rest of our main floor this week

Have a great day,


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

a winter wonderland of mischievous elves and reindeer

That magical time of the year is here. The time when everything that sparkles and glitters is upon us. The preparation for family and friends has begun. Getting the house all decked out for the season and adding the new bits you found at all the beautiful open houses. While the shop has been decked out for the holidays since the beginning of November and these pictures were taken awhile ago I am just getting around to posting them now. Enjoy your tour of my little piece of heaven all decked out for the season. My inspiration for this year of course started with the colour green and plants and was a more natural woodland Christmas. We invited a whole host of deer to join us as well as a *few* elves in all of their holiday finery.



Thursday, November 16, 2017

mixed metals, mixed styles, a mixed before & after

Well good morning everyone.
A little smallish before and after this morning. It was more of a finish a chore now lets add some pretty kind of thing.
Our upstairs bathroom has not really changed since we renovated it upon moving in 8 years ago. It was a fast "get er done" style renovation because when we moved in, there was no shower on the living levels of this house and I am not a take a bath every day person. When painting this room at the time, we used the wrong paint on the ceiling [just a standard wall paint] we had leftover from painting the rest of the house so it did not fare so well with time to the humidity. Enter the chore.
We needed to properly paint the ceiling with bathroom ceiling paint as the other was peeling around our fan and it literally stared at me every time I took a shower. 
Drove me nuts.
Also, the light installed above our sink was starting to tarnish and not in a good antique way. Little bits that didn't add up to the end of the world but nonetheless needed to be fixed up.
Of course little chores and the domino effect begins. Because why do a little facelift without the pretty parts right?

Enter our updated bathroom. The previous owners that fully renovated our home did not put that toilet in the right spot but, when we moved in we had neither the time nor the money to fully rip up the floor in here and change all the plumbing. The toilet should be behind that wall at the end of the shower and the lovely sink should be here. No offence here but, not thought out by a woman however I guess when you gotta go...... toilet proximity could have a win here. We got rid of the toilet paper stand and mounted the toilet paper to the wall with a roll hanger from Anthropologie. We were both sick of moving the toilet paper right and left, tripping on it. This has already worked out better.


A little refresh of what the room looked like before. Nothing wrong with it but the pillar and small table haven't moved in a long time. We did not repaint the walls because I love the colour so really all of this stemmed out of the ceiling. We still need to caulk our shower as the trim that came with the kit has just seen better days but I'm thinking thats an after Christmas project at this point.

The sink with tarnishing light.

I moved the pillar to the other side of the room and purchased this gold leaf bamboo shelf from wayfair. Super happy with the shelf, not so much with the delivery. It took 3 weeks to get here and was in stock. Don't these people know we get excited?

This room became the epitome of mixed metals and mixed styles. Why do we have to pick just one I ask you. So defined by labels we are. Our original chrome finish in this room is all of our American Standard faucets and then I decided to throw in a ton of vintage brass because I love it. And loving where you live really is the key.

And styles wise we ended up with 5 just by the styling in the shelves. It is my opinion that if things are in a similar colour palette and of course that you love them, they will somehow someway work together. I did decide to do only a few items per shelf ranging from useful to decorative and letting each item stand out.

I hung a collection of African Tonga baskets on the wall in a grouping for maximum impact. I purchased these for the store this past fall and had an idea for them at home so I snuck in a few for me. So happy I did. The height in the items from the shelf and the baskets makes the room feel bigger and visually pushes the ceiling up without a contractor.

New light fixture. Again an item from the store but works perfectly here. This light fixture adding in the "industrial" style to our mix.
 I still love my old ironstone lids on the wall so no real change in artwork. The soap pump is a gorgeous etched marble from Anthropologie.

Alright so truth time. This amazing brass champagne bucket stand was purchased for the shop. It was in the car, loaded into the store, cleaned there and tagged. It just didn't make it onto the floor because every once in awhile a piece starts nagging at me. One I love, don't see very often and have a perfect place for. This stand needless to say got reloaded back in the car, and made the trip back home. I "planted" it with a succulent terrarium top planted with gravel so it is 2 pieces but looks made for each other.

The pillar is now in this corner loaded on top with my current favourite planter from the store piled with grape ivy.

The view from the hallway looking into the bathroom.

Well that's it for my mixed style mixed metal self for today. The Christmas open house is tomorrow and Saturday for the store and this blog will be seeing a lot of Christmas tours, photos and just general sparkle in the coming weeks. It's a magical time of year and no matter the amount of work, pulling out my bins every year just feels exciting. Our home truthfully is almost decked as I love doing it early, plus the store is so busy I run out of time the later I wait but, this year I also have a little birthday to plan for the cutest almost one year old. 2 more weeks and my baby is a whole year. It really is true, time flies when you're having fun.

Have a great day everyone,